Florence is filled with some of the world’s greatest treasures; making it one of Europes must visit cities if you’re looking for artist master pieces, magnificent architecture and hundreds of years’ worth of history. Find out just what awaits you on a Florence city break with easyJet holidays.
The museums here are a treasure trove of renaissance wonders, from the Uffizi’s collection of over a thousand works of art to Bargello’s magnificent collection of sculptures. It’s not just Florentine galleries that are full of master pieces with many churches boasting impressive collections of their own. Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce have ample paintworks, sculptures and mosaics to be examined. Santa Maria Novella is recognised as one of the most significant gothic churches in Tuscan.
Around every corner there is something new to experience on your city break. Whether you visit Florence’s ancient Ponte Vecchio, an impressive old bridge lined with buildings and shops, or the Pitti Palace, a gigantic 15th century regal home, you’ll be astonished by just how much the city has to offer. A trek up to Piazzale Michelangelo is well worth it for some superb views of the area. Marvel as the Duomo looms over the city and get some great snaps for the photo album. Further afield, catch the tourist bus to the hills of Fiesole and discover the town's long history connected to Florence.
City breaks to Florence wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a glass of wine over some tasty Italian cuisine. Boasting a whole host of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to keep you entertained late into the evening, you can guarantee a lively holiday. Being home to a prestigious university, there's plenty for young people to do on a night out in Florence, but there are also lots of sophisticated spots for quiet drinks at sunset.
Galleria degli Uffizi
Galleria degli Uffizi is home to one of the world’s most significant Renaissance art collections. The huge collection includes pieces dating from medieval times through to more modern pieces. The gallery does get extremely busy, so it is highly recommended that tickets are bought in advance.
Climb the Campanile Bell Tower
Any holiday to Florence won’t be complete without a visit to the Campanile Bell Tower, which is located Duoma Piazza. Locals call it Giotto’s Campanile after the architect who designed this magnificent structure in the 1300s. The building stands at 278 feet high and visitors can climb the 414 steps to the top and take in the magnificent views of Florence and the surrounding area.
Explore the Galleria dell’ Academia
For lovers of art, the Galleria dell’ Academia is often considered to be one of the most exciting galleries in the world, being home to perhaps the most famous sculpture in the world, Michaelangelo’s ‘David.
Relax in Giardino di Boboli
Just behind the Pitti Palace you will find the beautiful Giardino di Boboli. This huge park is situated on a hillside near to the Royal palace and contains a vast array of plants and water features. From Forte Belvedere, you’ll be able to enjoy fantastic views of the city and beyond.
Visit a flea market
Flea markets are extremely popular in Florence and the best can be found in and around Mercato Centrale in the San Lorenzo district. Shop around and you could find some great deals on antiques, clothes and traditional foods. There is always a great buzz about the markets and they are a great way to experience an authentic Italian way of life.
Florence is a city you can enjoy year round. But when it comes to the best time to visit, only you can decide which of Florence’s features will make or break your trip. If it’s tip-top weather you’re after, jet off to this Italian beauty in July and August. The city’s hot, humid and really gives you that summer holiday feel. If that sounds a little too sizzling, hit up May and September instead. The mercury drops a degree or two, but Florence will still be summery.
Keen to avoid the crowds and max out your museum and gallery time? Winter is the season for you. Plunge into the Renaissance art world in the Uffizi Gallery. You’ll be able to devour works by Da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo, without having to elbow your way to the masterpieces. Don’t miss Florence’s most famous ‘resident’ - Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery. Always popular, but you’ll have far more chance of admiring the sculpture from November through to March.
If it’s festivals and events you’re after, you can take your pick of the months. Florence is a city that has much to celebrate. But our top picks take place in February, August and September. A feast of colour hits Florence’s streets in February with the annual carnival. Horseback riders, dancers and musicians join the float procession winding through the city. Bring your dancing shoes for this one.
If a more laid back festival floats your boat, August hosts the Festa di San Lorenzo. An outdoor celebration with free water melon and lasagne for visitors. This truly is a feast for everyone. September’s Festival of the Paper Lanterns sees Florence’s street glowing as Florentines head to the Piazza Santissima Annunziata carrying colourful paper lanterns. Christmas fans won’t be disappointed by Florence’s festive fun either. December sees the city sparkle with events, from markets to winter sports and celebrations.
With so much to see and do in Florence, it’s clear to see why it is fast becoming one of Italy’s premiere holiday destinations. Book with easyJet holidays and you could make huge savings. Book your flights and hotels together for a reduced price. So, what are you waiting for? Book your holiday to Florence with easyJet holidays today.
For other destinations in Italy, see holidays to Umbria and Veneto holidays.